Click on the button above to hear Ella Fitzgerald sing “Mack the Knife.” It’s a wonderful performance recorded live in Berlin in 1960. Halfway through the song, Ella forgets the words — her improvisation works well, particularly since the audience likely speaks German. She refers to the previous versions of “Mack the Knife” by Louis Armstrong (1956) and Bobby Darren (1959) and comes up with some other off-the-cuff lines — and, of course, everything rhymes. She even manages to mimic the the sound of the great Satchmo. Enjoy!
About the Author
Dr. Matt J. Duffy serves as an assistant professor in the School of Communication and Media at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, USA. He enjoys teaching the art of good journalism, a noble profession and powerful tool for social change. Duffy worked as a journalist for several news outlets including the Boston Herald and the Marietta Daily Journal. He now teaches journalism and media law.
Duffy's research focuses on international approaches to media law. Wolters Kluwer will publish the second edition of his"Media Laws in the United Arab Emirates" in 2017. He has published more than a dozen academic articles and writes occasionally for niche publications. Duffy enjoyed a visit to Pakistan in May 2016 as part of the Fulbright Scholar program from the US State Department. Since 2012, Duffy has served on the board of the Arab-United States Association for Communication Educators, an organization that aims to improve journalism in the Middle East. He also owns Oxford Editing that he started in 2007.